Hours for Pick Up:
Thursday - 3:00pm till 7:00pm
Friday - 11:00am till 7:00pm
Saturday - 9:00am till 1:00pm
Our Pick Your Own (PYO) options are growing! This week we will be adding Blueberries to the PYO list. Meaning this week our Snap Pea and Blueberry Season will be going on. Probably should give yourself some extra time while picking up your veggies so you have time to harvest both PYO options. Below is the information for both seasons.
Our Blueberry Season will be starting this week (6/21) and will go until July 1. The blueberry season might run three weeks but this depends on the weather and bird pressure. In the blueberry patch you will see dark blue berries, blue berries with some red, and green berries. The dark ones are the ripest, ones with red are almost ripe and will ripe on your counter at home, and the green berries should not be picked until they turn blue.
The blueberry patch does have poison ivy running on the ground. We have been working hard by keeping the poison ivy back by mowing and weed wacking but we still need to take precaution. Shareholders and members of their families must wear sneakers/boots while harvesting blueberries or you run the risk of getting poison ivy. We also prefer that you wear long pants. Only walk through the grass pathways do not walk in between blueberry bushes. At the sign in table we will have a bottle of Poison Ivy Preventative for you to apply to exposed skin (arms/legs/hands) to use before going into the blueberry patch. Please be cautious about this while harvesting!
We will have a season limit for blueberries, which means you can only harvest the given limit throughout the whole season.
Half Shares - 2 pints
Full Shares - 4 pints
You may harvest blueberries during pick up hours. Below is a map that will show you where the blueberries are located on the farm. Gumby Jr. is dancing in the blueberry patch to help guide you to the right spot. At the distribution area we will have green pint baskets for you to use while harvesting blueberries. Please return when you are done using them.
Snap Pea Season
Our snap pea season started on June 15 and will go until June 24. We have five rows of snap peas this year that are filled with heavy plants. Meaning it is a jungle of snap peas!
We do have mowed path ways for you to walk through but please watch your footing while harvesting. You may move plants around to harvest under ones that are bent over but be careful not to break the plants.
The snap pea plants have fallen over from the high winds this past week. Just take extra caution while maneuvering through the path ways. Also, there are green and yellow snap peas located in the field.
We will be doing a season limit for snap peas, which means you can only harvest the given limit throughout the whole season.
Half Shares - 2 pints
Full Shares - 4 pints
You may only harvest snap peas during pick up hours. Below is a map that shows where the snap peas are located on the farm. There will also be a red flag in the field that indicates the snap pea patch. At the distribution area we will have green pint baskets for you to use while harvesting snap peas. Please return when you are done using them.
Map for Blueberry & Snap Pea Season
If you have any questions contact Taryn by phone: 717-871-3110 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whats been happening on the farm?
This past week we have been extremely busy transplanting many different crops. During the first day of summer your farmers were transplanting watermelons, flowers, herbs, and PYO veggies. It was a great way to start off the summer by getting the summer crops in the fields. We also had a rain storm in the evening which will make the summer crops very happy plants!
This picture is an example of what transplanting looks like. This photo was taken last year and we are planting eggplant instead.
We also put a shade cloth over our greenhouse that is next to the driveway. When you drive down the driveway you will see a black netting over the greenhouse which is our shade cloth. It only lets through a certain amount of sun light which cools down the whole greenhouse. This is done for the fall crops that are being seeded in that greenhouse. Those fall crops do not like germinating or growing in warm temperatures.
Homefields Event - Children's Storytelling
Saturday, June 24 - 9:30 & 10:30am - Happening on the Farm
Join children’s book author and illustrator Katrina Morse and hear her read “At Home with Books” and “It Began with a Song”.
Bring a blanket, chair, or just sit in the grass and enjoy these 2 charming stories, stretch your imagination to think of new story endings, make the sounds and motions of storybook characters, and learn the “Meadow Song and Dance.” Fun for the whole family and especially suited to children age 6 and under.
Suggested donation of $5 per child. Each time slot will be the same program. Books will be for sale (cash or check only) and Katrina will be available to sign books.
Homefields - Recruiting
Homefields is seeking volunteer board and committee members to help grow the mission and manage projects. Opportunities to serve include ongoing roles, like board membership; or project oriented roles, like committee work or event staffing. Contact email@example.com
Homefields sponsors an annual fundraising event called "Picnic in the Fields." This years' event will be held on Sunday, September 24th at Homefields. We need volunteers to help with set up, event staffing and break down. Service opportunities range from 3 hours to all day (10 hours). Drinks and food included. It's a fun day and a great way to give back to the farm. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 Season Sign Ups!!!
There is still room for you! Just sign up by following this link: http://goodwillathomefieldsfarm.csasignup.com/members/types
Chocolate Chip & Cinnamon Sourdough - A Tasty Treat! - $5 a loaf
- Snap Peas - storage: keep in plastic bag in refrigerator
- Lettuce - storage: if in a plastic bag make sure you poke holes throughout the bag and keep in the hydrator drawer of your refrigerator. Or invest in a Produce Keeper that can be found on Amazon, they work very well.
North Star Orchard Fruit Share - Must be signed up by 7/1!
Sign up directly with North Star on their website (link again to https://northstarorchard.com/fruit-share ), or if you need to reach them directly, email Lisa@northstarorchard.com
And for a quick view of North Star Orchard itself, enjoy this 90-second bird's eye view (link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izdj6VIWyao )
Hillacres Pride Cheese Share
Goodwill at Homefields farm will be a pickup location for Hillacres Pride Cheese share once again for the 2017 Season.
The share will usually start with the first pick-up at your veggie share location and run every other week for 11 pickups, which usually encompasses June-Oct. A share contains 2 cheese items with each delivery.
They will range from cheddars and colbys to artisan cheeses, such as our Susquehanna and Cave Aged Arcadia; to fresh cheeses like ricotta and our signature flavored fresh cheeses. It is always fun for us to select the share items and we hear it is a fun surprise for the customers. We offer a bit of information about the cheeses and are hoping to incorporate recipes this year as well.
11 bi-weekly deliveries $125.00
Signup by following this link:
Village Crest Farm Mushroom Share
Happy Blueberry Season,